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What Brings You Here? Exploring Why Young Adults Seek Help for Social Anxiety.

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Source
Qual Health Res. 2016 Oct; 26(12):1705-20
Publication Type
Journal Article
Date
Oct-2016
Author
Aslak Hjeltnes
Christian Moltu
Elisabeth Schanche
Per-Einar Binder
Author Affiliation
University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway Aslak.Hjeltnes@uib.no.
Source
Qual Health Res. 2016 Oct; 26(12):1705-20
Date
Oct-2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Journal Article
Keywords
Adult
Anxiety
Emotions
Fear
Female
Humans
Male
Norway
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Phobia, Social - therapy
Qualitative Research
Young Adult
Abstract
Social anxiety disorder typically manifests in young adulthood, but there is an absence of qualitative research on the actual experiences of young adults suffering with this disorder. The aim of the present study was to investigate the lived experiences of 29 Norwegian university students who were seeking professional help for symptoms of social anxiety. We conducted in-depth interviews prior to a clinical trial. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using a team-based thematic analysis method based on a hermeneutic-phenomenological epistemology. We identified five themes: (a) from being shy to interpreting anxiety as a mental health problem, (b) experiencing emotions as threatening and uncontrollable, (c) encountering loneliness as relationships fall away, (d) hiding the vulnerable self from others, and (e) deciding to face social fears in the future. We relate our findings to existing theory and research, discuss our process of reflexivity, highlight study limitations, and suggest implications for future research.
PubMed ID
26193889 View in PubMed
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